Supporting not-for-profit organisations in the fight against Covid-19
In April 2020, North West Construction Hub partner VINCI Construction announced €10m of funds would be made available to help not-for-profit organisations in the fight against COVID-19 globally, with around £400k allocated within the UK.
Its aim has been to assist charitable organisations and groups who provide assistance to doctors, nurses and hospital staff, for schools and students to maintain contact and continue education and for wider healthcare and social care community groups.
Within the North West region, VINCI Foundation has assisted 22 projects to date, providing over £87,000 of funding for a wide range of groups including:
- Liverpool Women’s Hospital Charity
- Warrington Youth Club Limited
- Greenbank High School, Southport
- Manchester Young Lives
- Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund
- Awyr Las (Blue Sky) NHS Charity for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB)
- Positive Futures North Liverpool
- Whitefield Primary School
- Widnes Food Bank
- Mencap Liverpool
Projects have been diverse from fitting out break out areas in emergency hospitals, providing assistance with transportation for staff, accommodation, food and other logistical assistance, to providing computing equipment, remote learning material to schools and providing shelter and food to those most in need.
Upon receiving funds for the laptops, the school were able to provide children who previously, had no way of accessing online teaching platforms during COVID-19 with access to IT equipment vital to their learning,
“I cannot thank VINCI enough for the funding. It has opened the doors to learning for pupils who had no access to IT before. They are now fully engaged in learning, interacting with their teachers and fully appreciative of the opportunity they have been given. The funding will have a lasting legacy for 16 pupils in moulding independent learners and closing the gap in achievement for some of our most disadvantaged children. They will hopefully now be lifelong learners!”Ian Raikes, Headteacher, Green Bank High School, Merseyside